26 April 15 Woolston Eyes

28th April 2015
I made my way to “The Eyes” on Sunday and as I crossed the footbridge the Chiffchaffs were apparent and like last week there was a Chiffchaff on the lower branches of a tree. This week I did get a reasonable photo and it’s probably the best I’ve managed to take so far, even though its tail is hidden behind a branch.


On reaching the John Morgan Hide there were the usual suspects on the scrape, Black-headed Gull, Moorhen, Coot, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Lapwing and Shelduck.


Greylag Goose

On the water I could see Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Great-crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Lesser black-backed Gull, Cormorant and Shoveler.


The Shovelers (male & female) waddled onto the scrape something I haven’t seen before.


An Oyster catcher dropped onto the scrape.

Oyster Catcher

The Lapwing seemed to take umbrage and swooped over it frequently.

Lapwing & Oyster Catcher

Lapwing & Oyster Catcher

As I made my way back I saw a largish bird fly behind a small tree but I couldn’t see it from where I was. As I passed the tree I looked up and there was a Kestrel hovering not too far away. As luck would have it I’d done something I don’t normally do and left the camera on the tripod, All I had to do was place it down and focus, yippee, some decent shots of another of my bogey birds!!



Thanks for reading.



Photo comment By Mark O'Sullivan: Hi Andy, That photo of the lapwing and oystercatcher coming to blows is amazing! Mark.

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